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Raising Day Celebrations of Homeguards and Civil Defence J&K

Rally to create Awareness

The week long celebrations on the occasion of raising day of Homeguards/Civil Defence commenced on 1st December 2006 with a rally of students and civil defence volunteers/wardens from Gandhi Nagar Gole Market Jammu. Sh. P. S. Gill, Additional Director General of Police J&K flagged off the rally of about 1500 students drawn from more than one dozen schools of the city. School children displayed various banners and placards with slogans:- “ Civil Defence is self defence”, “ Say no to drugs”, “Avoid use of polythene bags”, “We want safer India”, “Civil Defence provides police public interface”, “Civil Defence keep environment clean”.

School Children carrying placards and banners during Civil Defence Rally
at Jammu

Speaking on the occasion, Sh. Gill said that students can play a pivotal role in disseminating the message of civil defence for mutual peaceful co-existence, facing the calamity conditions, maintaining law and discipline and helping the society in a broader sense. He said that in a civilized democratic country like India Civil Defence has to perform multidimensional activities during peace time including maintenance of hygiene, cleanliness, greenery, ecological balance and civic sense, besides its role during war time.

Sh. Navin Agarwal, Inspector General of Police, Civil Defence J&K received the rally, which culminated at Gulshan Ground after passing through Vikram Chowk and University Road. He said that during the week long celebrations, a number of activities including sports meet, parade, demonstration, would also be held besides, seminars and other activities.

Sh. Agarwal distributed mementos among the participating schools. Sh.Taj Mohd Area Commander Homeguards, Smt.Manjit Kour Dy.Controller and Sh.Jugal Mahajan chief warden thanked the participants for their keen interest in making the rally a success.


 

 

Seminar to explore possibilities

As a sequence of Raising day celebrations, a civil defence seminar on topic “civil defence as an instrument of community policing” was inaugurated by the Dr. Ashok Bhan Additional Director General of Police and Hony. Secretary of Indian Institute of Public Administration by lighting the traditional lamp at Jammu Club on 2nd December 2006. Sh.Navin Agarwal Inspector General of Police Civil Defence J&K presided over the function. In his inaugural address Dr. Ashok Bhan said that civil defence acts as a bridge between the public and the police and this needs to be properly institutionalized and taken advantage of by the police functionaries. Civil Defence is a well organized, trained and committed cadre, therefore they are in a better position to motivate and influence the common man.

Sh. Kuldeep Khoda ADGP CID chief guest addressing the seminar on 2nd December 2006
A view of gathering at civil defence seminar

The prominent panelists who participated in the seminar included Sh. Navin Agarwal IGP, Sh. Arun Joshi, Bureau Chief, Hindustan Times, Sh. Arvind Kumar Dy. Director, State Intelligence Bureau and Dr. Renu Nanda of University of Jammu and post warden civil defence. A galaxy of officers, wardens, prominent citizens and students attended the seminar and interacted with the panelists.

Sh. Agarwal said that Civil Defence can provide necessary resources and means to achieve the objectives of the administration in general and police forces in particular. He also revealed that civil defence in pursuance of its objective to maintain continuity of production and economic activity is imparting Civil Defence disaster training to industrial workers of Bari Brahmana Industrial Area. Sh.Jugal Mahajan chief warden, Sh. Paramjit Kumar Dy. Chief Warden, Sh. Dinesh Gupta Div. Warden, Prof. Ajit Angral of SPMR commerce college and winners of inter-college debate competition also spoke on the occasion.

In his concluding address, Chief guest Sh.Kuldeep Khoda ADGP Criminal Investigation Department appreciated the work done by the civil defence during various disasters as also capacity building undertaken by the organization during peace time. He said that this process of creating awareness among the general masses through such seminars and imparting necessary life saving skills are important for disaster mitigation for which community participation is mandatory.

Prior to this seminar an Inter College Debate on the Topic" Whether Civil Defence organization has a role to play in community Policing" was organised in colleges of Jammu in which Mr. Manik Arora of SPMR Commerce College, Miss. Shikha Charak and Miss. Aanchal Sharma of Govt. College for Women Gandhi Nagar were adjudged as 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively and were given cash prizes.


 

 

Chief wardens’ conference

As a sequence of Raising Day celebrations of Homeguards/Civil defence, a conference of chief wardens was held on 5th December 2006. Financial Commissioner (Home) Sh. B. R. Kundal IAS was the chief guest on the occasion. Sh. Navin Agarwal Inspector General of Police Homeguards / Civil Defence presented the welcome address.

Sh. B. R. Kundal F.C. Home addressing the chief wardens’ conference on 4th December 2006
A view of chief wardens’ conference at Jammu

The action taken report on the last year’s conference was discussed in the meeting. The agenda points submitted by the concerned Dy. Controllers, chief wardens and other wardens were also discussed. Sh. Kundal appreciated the work done by the civil defence during recent calamities. He listened to the demands of the wardens and he responded positively & assured that the issues would be resolved on priority. He also stated that in view of changing nature of disasters and the increased frequency of happening of various man made and natural disasters, there is a need to fully equip the civil defence and impart necessary training and skills to the common man to face these disasters effectively.

Sh.Agarwal also highlighted number of steps taken by the civil defence in empowering the common man and equipping them with necessary infrastructure. Sh. G. S. Chouhan S.O to IGP HG/CD conducted the proceedings of the conference. Sh. Jugal Mahajan Chief warden Jammu, Sh. Omer Nedou Chief warden Srinagar, Sh. K. K. Langer Chief warden Rajouri, Sh. Sita Ram chief warden Udhampur, Sh. Dhian Chand chief warden Kathua, Sh. Javid Azad Chief warden Doda, Sh. Dharm Vir Singh Chief warden Samba, Sh. Mauzam Bakshi Dy. Chief warden Srinagar, Sh.Akber Malik Dy. Chief warden Budgam, Smt. Vimla Sharma post warden Sunderbani, Smt. Kuldeep Kour post warden Akhnoor were given mementos for the good work in their jurisdiction.


 

 

From the Sports field

As a sequence of Raising Day celebrations of Homeguards/Civil Defence, a sports meet was organized on 4th December 2006 at Auxiliary Police Lines Jammu. Sh. T. Phunsog, IPS Commandant Aux. Police 2nd Bn formally inaugurated the sports meet in presence of Sh. G. S. Chouhan SSP S.O. to IGP HG/CD & Aux. Police J&K, Sh. S. M. Khatotra Divisional Commandant Homeguards Jammu, Sh.Jugal Mahajan Chief warden, Sh. Parmjeet Kumar, Sh.Vinod Malhotra Dy. Chief warden, Sh. Omer Nedou chief warden Srinagar, Sh. Khizar Mohd Divisional warden Srinagar, Sh. T. R. Rana Dy.SP, Sh. P. D. Sharma Dy.SP, Sh. Mohd Majid Malik Dy.SP, Sh. D. R. Bhagat Dy.SP, Sh. Nirmal Singh Dy.SP.

Officers and participants during the inauguration of sports meet 2006
Chief guest Sh. T. Phunsog, Commandant Aux. Police 2nd Bn. being introduced to players on the occasion of sports meet 2006

In the inaugural match CTI Jammu defeated Auxilary Police in the Tug of war competition while in female category CTI “A” defeated Team “B”. In shot put Ct. Rajinder Singh of Aux. 2nd Bn. Jammu stood first while Sgct.Ab. Rehman of CTI was the runner up. In football final Civil Defence Srinagar won from Civil Defence Jammu. In volleyball civil defence Budgam defeated CTI Jammu. In the final Kabaddi Aux. Police 2nd Bn. stood first while CTI Jammu was the runner up. In Disc Throw Sgct. Ab. Rehman of CTI Jammu, Ct. Mohd. Farooq and Ct. Rajinder Singh of Aux. 2nd Bn. Jammu stood first, second, third position respectively. In 200mtr. Race G/M Anil Jamwal of CTI Jammu stood first while G/M Sabi of CTI Jammu and Rohit Taneja of civil defence was the runner up. The trophies to the winners were distributed on the occasion of raising day parade.

The sports meet was organized by Sh.Sudershan Kumar Dy.SP, Area Commander Homeguards Udhampur (Sports officer).


 

 

Raising Day parade

The week long celebrations of Raising Day of Homeguards/Civil Defence concluded on 6th December 2006 with the Raising Day parade held at Aux. Police 2nd Bn. Jammu. Sh. M. K. Mohanty Director General of Police (Prisons) J&K was the chief guest on the occasion. On the arrival of the chief guest general salute and march past was presented by the Civil Defence/Homeguards and Auxiliary Police contingents.

Sh. M. K. Mohanty DGP Prisons J&K along with Sh. Navin Agarwal IGP HG/CD J&K inspecting parade
View of senior officers at the raising day parade of Homeguards/Civil Defence at Auxiliary Police Line


Sh.Navin Agarwal IGP Homeguards /Civil Defence & Aux. Police J&K formally welcomed the chief guest and other distinguished dignitaries present on the occasion. He gave a brief account of civil defence and Homeguards activities of the year and also said that in the week long celebrations various events like seminar, civil defence rally, chief warden conferences and sports events were organized in which besides the Auxiliary Police jawans Homeguards/ Civil Defence volunteers also participated in large number. He projected the genuine aspiration of voluntary Homeguards relating to enhancement in their honorarium and opportunity for being absorbed on regular basis.

Sh. M. K. Mohanty DGP Prisons J&K in his address lauded the role of Homeguards and Civil Defence volunteers during various disasters. He said the activities of Homeguards and civil Defence are full of sentiments of public service and humanitarian feelings. He also expressed his happiness over the drill, discipline, turnout and performance of duty by the Homeguards/Civil Defence jawans. He congratulated all the ranks and file of Homeguards/Civil Defence on its Raising Day.

Sh. Mohanty distributed prizes among the winners of various events, which were received by the sports manager/sports incharge of the concerned teams. Sh. T. Phunsog, IPS Commandant Aux. Police 2nd Bn. Jammu presented the vote of thanks.

The parade was witnessed by Sh. Gopal Sharma DGP J&K, Sh. A. C. Chaturvedi former DGP Hoemguards, Sh.Kuldeep Khoda ADGP CID, Dr.Ashok Bhan Commissioner Vigilance, Sh.S.P.Vaid IGP Jammu, Sh.Shiekh Owais Ahmed IGP Armed, Sh.Kulbushan Singh DIG BSF, Sh.Dua DIG CRPF, Sh.Gulzar Singh Slathia DIG Armed Jammu, Sh.Bhupinder Singh DPT, and besides large number of wardens and volunteers.


 

 

Civil Defence Response to Flood Havoc

“THE PURPOSE OF CIVIL DEFENCE IS TO PREVENT OR MINIMISE LOSS OF LIFE, INJURY AND DISTRESS, AND PROVIDE FOR THE WELFARE OF PEOPLE AFFECTED BY AN EMERGENCY FROM WHATEVER CAUSE”.

It was in the first week of September 2006 that the Kashmir valley experienced unprecedented heavy rainfall causing severe flooding which damaged infrastructure, properties, vital installations, homes and cut off communities from the main road network. One person was swept away by the flood waters and thousands were stranded in flood hit areas. The districts of Srinagar, Anantnag and Pulwama were the worst affected. The Civil Defence, Srinagar which is in an ever - ready state of preparedness, immediately activated its emergency response system. It was on 2nd of September 2006 that the banks of river jhelum got breached and the residential areas of Bemina, Padshahi bagh, Soitang, Lasjan and Mehjoor Nagar besides the low lying areas of Dal were flooded with water.Teams of volunteers from Civil Defence, Srinagar were immediately dispatched to the areas for conducting rescue and relief. Using boats, the volunteers helped the inhabitants to shift to safer locations. The volunteers also helped the inhabitants in shifting of house-hold goods to upper stories of the houses in the affected areas, thus saving precious belongings of the affected people.

A view of flood effected colony in Srinagar
Civil Defence volunteers responding to flood havoc at Srinagar

A team led by the Chief Warden, Omar Nedou, evacuated an ailing lady from flood affected Padshahi bagh locality. The Civil Defence volunteers also helped the state administration in raising a makeshift bund at Bemina. Besides, the first aid teams of the Civil Defence helped the injured. A free medical camp was also organized at Padshahi bagh in which more than 230 patients were treated and given free medicines. Dealing with disasters requires multi-disciplinary and pro-active approach along with co-ordination and planning. I, as a part of Civil Defence, Srinagar feel proud that we have always played a positive role of first responders with unflinching volunteer spirit. Worked round the clock in different capacities to ensure maximum succor to the affected people.

Mauzam Bakshi


 

 

Human Resource Development

Three different wings of the organisation viz. Aux. Police, Homeguards and civil Defence with different sanctioned posted strength are governed under one banner "The Directorate of Aux. Police/ Homeguards and Civil Defence" has limited Posts in every rank as compared to Armed Police/IRP Bns. therefore promotion avenues are less. In 1989 when two Homeguards Bns. were declared permanent and nomenclature changed Aux. Police and all the benefits like pension, gratuity and promotions were granted. However on attaining the age of superannuation by the officials of the organistation, lower ranks get chance for their further promotions which are effected atleast twice in a year.

Sh.Navin Agarwal IGP HG/CD & Aux. Police
J&K Jammu pinning rank on a jawan at Srinagar
Sh.Navin Agarwal IGP HG/CD & Aux. Police J&K pinning rank to newly promoted Aux. Police personnel at Jammu

Promotion of an employee is one of the important factors which directly impact the economic well being of the employee. In the year 2006 promotions has been made in the organisation by the 1GP HG/CD & Aux. Police. J&K ASI(M) to SI(M) =02, HC(M) to ASI(M)=02,HC to ASI = 08, Sgct. to HC=58, Ct. to Sgct.=127. In Homeguards the rank structure differ but they get equal honorarium and even then they perform duties with dedication. Human development means building capability, such as to have education and knowledge to lead a better life. Human development is to progress by rising their level of well-being and all such development depends on the progress achieved by a person.

The Director General Civil Defence, Govt. of India has awarded commendation certificate and disc in favour of following office bearers on the eve of Raising Day 2006:

1. Sh. Navin Agarwal, Inspector General Homeguards/ Civil Defence J&K
2. Sh. Baseer Ahmed Khan, Controller, Civil Defence Baramulla
3. Sh. Omer Nedou Chief Warden, Civil Defence, Srinagar
4. Sh. K. K. Langer Chief warden Civil Defence Rajouri
5. Sh. Mohd. Majid Malik Dy.SP Principal CTI Jammu
6. Sh. Mouzam Bakshi Dy. Chief warden Civil Defence Srinagar
7. Sh. Dinesh Gupta Divisional warden Civil Defence Jammu
8. Smt. Kanta Bhan Divisional warden Civil Defence Jammu

The Editorial Board congratulates all the above awardees for making Civil Defence organisation proud.

T.R.Rana


 

 

Field Extension of Civil Defence Establishment

Civil Defence Srinagar has carried out various Civil Defence activities during the year 2006 as detailed below:

  1. 1. 400 Volunteers were enrolled during the year 2006 till date.
  2. 2. 54 Volunteer imparted basic Civil Defence training in Shalimar Belt in CD Division 2nd Srinagar.
  3. 3. 10 wardens/volunteers have been imparted Drill and Discipline training at CTI Srinagar.
  4. 4. 16 Wardens/volunteers have participated in the Independence Day parade at Bakshi stadium Srinagar and represented the Civil Defence wardens’ service at ist time.
  5. 5. A batch of wardens/volunteers has been given Musketry training at CTI Srinagar.
  6. 6. 11 wardens/volunteers have undergone Mountaineering search and rescue training at Jawahar Institute of mountaineering and winter sports Phalgam.
  7. 7. 20 wardens/volunteers and staff members have been imparted first aid course at Regional Red Cross Society Exchange road srinagar for one week where senior consultants of Bones and Joints Hospital Burzalla/S.M.H.S Srinagar gave lecture on the First Aid.
  8. 8. One day quiz cum awareness programme about “No Smoking”, “No Drugs", “No Tobacco" and Earthquake has been organized at RCDCC Srinagar.
  9. 9. 12 days workshop about Disaster Management and Mitigation organized by IMPA (Institute of Management and Public Administration) at Srinagar where our Civil Defence officers and wardens participated.
  10. 10. During flood our Civil Defence wardens/volunteers were deployed at different flood prone areas where they are giving helping hands to the people for rescuing and shifting them in safer places and also during flood a first aid camp has been established at Padshahi Bagh Srinagar.
  11. 11. Chief warden office is established at RCDCC Jammu
  12. 12. One Dy. Divisional warden has undergone Chemical search and rescue course at NCDCC Nagpur during the year.
  13. 13. 0n 10-5-06, a full flagged Chief Warden office was opened which was inaugurated by the worthy lGP Civil Defence J&K at RCDCC Srinagar.
  14. 14. A Divisional Warden office was opened and inaugurated by the IGP Civil Defence J&K at Alamgari Bazar on 31-7-06.
  15. 15. 15 Civil Defence wardens/volunteers imparted one day wireless training at RCDCC Srinagar.
  16. 16. Two days photo exhibition was organized at SKlCC on 8th & 9th of October 2006 a year after the earthquake.
A view of the Civil Defence Volunteers at Budgam, Kashmir
A group of instructors & civil defence volunteers during a course on “Mountain Search and Rescue” at Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering, Pahalgam, Kashmir

By these activities, the Civil Defence Srinagar has succeeded in creating awareness among the local masses about the role, which they can play in case of an eventuality. As such a large number of local people are willing to enrolled themselves as volunteers and thereby help humanity.

Sh. Mian Khazir Mohd


 

 

Essentials of Training…

“BEING A VOLUNTEER OF CIVIL DEFENCE IS CHALLENGING AND DEMANDING, SUITABLE FOR PEOPLE THAT WORK WELL UNDER PRESSURE, ENJOY WORKING WITH THE COMMUNITY AND PEOPLE AND WHO HAVE STRONG DESIRE TO SERVE”.

Training gives professionalism and organizations such as ours, which are first responders in a disaster and responsible for search and rescue operations have to be ready to deal with any kind of eventuality. This is what I felt in Tanghdar and Uri, where I led search and rescue teams during the Kashmir Earthquake -2005. The damage in terms of life and property was so colossal that it was difficult to decide where to start and with what. It was only my training and experience that helped. I realize that I am in a position to make a difference and only by trainings and exercises I can make my best contribution in the field. With this in mind I planned specialized trainings of my organization to make the volunteers and my officers trained, confident and skilled in different aspects of handling emergencies. It gives me great pleasure to share that during last year we have undertaken the following trainings:

Civil defence volunteers being trained in mountain rescue
A view of the Civil Defence Volunteers and Instructors during 5 day training course at Awantipura
  1. First-aid instructions course of T. John ambulance Srinagar in April 2006
  2. Civil Defence “refresher training in drill and discipline” in May 2006 at Central Training Institute of Home guards/Civil defence, Srinagar.
  3. Training programme on “Earthquake Risk Mitigation and Management” held at IMPA, Srinagar in June 2006, organized by National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, New Delhi.
  4. Adhoc Mountain Search and Rescue course in July 2006 at Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering and Winter Sports, Pahalgam, Kashmir.
  5. Musketry training at Central Training Institute of Home guards/Civil defence, Srinagar in September 2006.

Training plays an important role for human resource development. The training in the Civil Defence organization have been planned with 3 tier concept, i.e.; at local level or town level, at State level and also at National level. Since our country, on account of its geo-physical settings is highly prone to disasters it should be our aim and endeavour to develop skills and build capacities to mitigate and manage them. Further, trainings should serve to sensitise us to the changing concept of disaster risk mitigation and management and also to adopt a practical and humane approach while dealing with them.

OMAR .K. NEDOU


 

 

Tuning The Police Force For Rescue Operations

As a strategy to empower the common man with civil defence skills to mitigate the disaster effectively. J&K Police has been made to equip with necessary skills in rescue and disaster management, being a discipline cadre shall facilitate in responding to these disasters in a better way. Such training programme for police personnel are started on the direction of Hon’ble Chief Minister and as per instructions conveyed by the Police headquarter J&K. Central Training Institute of Homeguards/Civil Defence which is the nodal agency for imparting training in rescue operation has been assign the job of training the police personnel. Such training programme will help to prepare a core group of police personnel in each district for facing disaster bravely and effectively.

Such training programme on rescue operation and disaster management for police personnel of police district Border and district Jammu was inaugurated by Sh. R. V. Raju ADGP HQ J&K at DPL Border on 27th April 2006. Sh. Raju advised that all police personnel between the age of 18 to 40 years must undergo such trainings and some of them should also sent outside the state for further specialize training.

Sh.R.V.Raju ADGP HQ delivering his inaugural address at DPL Border Jammu
A scene of mock exercise during six days training programme for police personnel of DPL Border Jammu

On the inauguration of the training programme at District Police Line Border Sh.Navin Agarwal IGP Civil Defence J&K emphasized that this training programme is the first programme of series of such programme in all districts of J&K as during disaster public expectation from police are high. The training module for police personnel focus on rescue operation, first aid, fire fighting, waterman ship etc. During the training programme demonstration are given to the trainees and to familiarize with the operation. Night classes were also conducted and trainees were given field training at night to understand working the problems faced during rescue operations at night.

Similarly, police personnel of district Kathua were also imparted the training at District Police Line Kathua w.e.f. 21st to 26th August 2006. Guest Lecturer and resources persons were also invited to deliver lectures in which several numbers of police personnel were trained.

Focus on Raising & Training

1. Homeguards Volunteers Trained during –2006 = 754
2. Civil Defence wardens/Volunteers trained during-2006 = 2457
3. Aux. Police Personnel trained during-2006 = 48
4. Police Personnel trained during – 2006 = 117
5. Civil Defence volunteers/Police personnel trained outside state = 30
6. NSS volunteers trained during –2006 = 158

Mohd Majid Malik


 

 

Ensuring Continuity of Industrial Production

During any War, natural or man made calamity the assigned role of Civil Defence organization is to save the lives of public as well as to minimize the loss to properly, besides to make possible continuity of production. During any war the Industries of a nation, which are mostly installed/ situated in a particular area, are the first hit target of the enemy country. Because of the fact, in this modem age the industries are being considered the backbone for the development of a country. So keeping in view the aim to ensure continuity of the Industries during any eventuality a number of interactive meetings were held with authorities of Bari Brahmana Industries Association Jammu. The main aim of these interaction meetings was to impart necessary Civil Defence training to the workers working in these Industries so that they are made capable to coup up any type of disaster by utilizing the skills of Civil Defence training. Even the Civil Defence training skills can also be utilized during any minor or major accident, which often happens in the Industries.

Sh.Navin Agarwal IGP Civil Defence chairing a meeting of Industrialists on Disaster Management at Bari Brahmana Jammu
Police personnel of district Kathua performing rescue operation during training at DPL Kathua

The J&K Civil Defence Organization intends to create a separate Civil Defence Special Division in the industrial area of Bari Brahmana in collaboration with the SIDCO in which workers and Staff members are imparted CD training and then they will be enrolled as honorary members of the Civil Defence Warden Service in addition to their own responsibilities/ duties.Central Training Institute Jammu organized a civil defence training camp at Bari Brahmana in which besides experts from civil defence Jammu, a team of civil instructiors of CTI Jammu was also deputed. The batch of trainees included workers from Saraswati Agro Chemical Industry, Euro Bond Industry, Sudhir Gensets Ltd. However the response of the Industrial Units was overwhelming and all Units want to get their workers trained in basic self Defence, the response starts from individual level and when each of the worker know what they have to do during eventuality the major disaster are averted and production continues. Trainings impart confidence and so is our motto to give confidence to all, whether it be workers, Civilians, industrialists or anyone working in any field, because it is important to ensure continuity of production during war, the spirit, morale and confidence of workers need to be strengthened during peace time so that they may not be caught unaware and preserve their will during any eventuality, disaster or war.

Ms.Manjit Kour


 

 

Expanding the Horizons of Civil Defence

Civil Defence, in fact, is self defence. It helps oneself and one’s family from needless sufferings and also to save lives in an emergency. It trains us to meet any eventuality with courage and confidence. The aim of Civil Defence is to enlighten people to act at the time of calamity/disaster so as to save life and minimize damage and try to ensure that continuity of production and economic activity is maintained. A good example of the advantage of Public awareness can be learnt from the Bhopal Gas Tragedy of 1984 in which thousands of people died outside the factory, many of the people inside the factory were saved simply because they knew what to do in case of gas leak. Terrorism, growing industrialization, Nuclear tests and their after effects, race to acquire nuclear, Biological and chemical weapons have threatened the peace. It becomes necessary for all of us to make full preparation to safeguard the life and property of every individual because Civil Defence is an organisation to prepare them to face any eventuality effectively.

Views of Civil Defence Camp at Lakanpur, Kathua during Shri Amarnath Yatra 2006
Sh.J.P.Singh SSP Kathua addressing police personnel who were imparted Disaster Management training by CTI Jammu

Earthquakes and the devastating floods have compelled our experts and the leadership to undersigned the importance of civil defence throughout the country. We must contribute from our side by becoming a civil defence volunteer to safeguard our nation. The civilians need as mush discipline to keep their spirits high, as jawans in the trenches facing the enemy. Strong determination and organized civil defence boost our moral, prevents and protects the population and means of production. A strong civil defence is the biggest insurance for victory and security. It is, only the rising sun of civil defence, which can safeguard the peace. Our best assurance for peace is the constant preparation and readiness to peace all contingencies. As the former Prime Minister Smt. Indira Gandhi has said, “Our country’s protection is not only the responsibility of Armed forces but also the pople” our national heroes have made untold sacrifices to achieve independence. In order to retain our hard won freedom, great sacrifices may be needed further. We must remember that we can defend the freedom of our motherland by joining Civil Defence. Both, Knowledge and determination are required if we have to succeed against these elements. At the present juncture, we must follow the advice of Swami Vivekanand “muscles of iron and nerves of steel and mind made of such stuff of which thunderbolts are made.”

Many earthquakes have taken place, many Tsunami waves have frightened us, and many devastating floods have destroyed the precious life and property of the innocent people. Many more calamities have been expected in the coming days, what we require, is full preparation to mitigate the sufferings of the citizens to continue the productivity so that the rising horizon of civil defence may come true to the expectations of the nation.

Dhian Chand


 

 

Facilitating Connection with the Supreme

The Homeguards/Civil Defence personnel have been doing their duties at par with Executive, Armed Police whether in the shape of guarding vital installations, escorting VIPs and traffic duties. They have undergone specialized courses from National Civil Defence College, Nagpur and other institutions of the country and save/help the lives and property of the people during natural calamities like floods, earthquake, fire etc. They render selfless service to people during such calamities.

Apart from the local administration, Homeguards and Civil Defence volunteers are deployed to facilitate the Yatris right from Lakhanpur to Amar Nath on both the routes Pahalgam & Baltal. The Homeguards/Civil Defence setup first aid, medical camps at pahalgam, Baltal to assist the pilgrims and provide them assistance. Ambulances of Civil Defence are kept at the camps to meet any exigency or to shift the ailing yatris to Hospitals.

Civil Defence Camp at Baltal during Amarnathji Yatra
Civil Defence offering drinks to yatris during Khir Bhawani Mela at Srinagar

The Homeguards/Civil Defence volunteers are being deployed at TRC Srinagar to facilitate the Hajj pilgrims who carry and load their belongings/luggage in the buses up to Srinagar Airport. Another contingent of Homeguards/Civil Defence volunteers is kept at Srinagar Airport who carry the luggage of Hajj pilgrims and help them till their departure for Jeddah. The same practice is being done by the Homeguards/Civil Defence volunteers on the arrival of Hajj pilgrims on their return from Jeddah.

During the festivals like Eid, Diwali, Melas, festivals etc the Homeguards/ Civil Defence volunteers perform their duties with zeal and zest. They facilitate people at Eidgah’s /Jamia Mosque’s during Eid prayers. Likewise these volunteers do duties during Diwali near temples and facilitate people during such religious festivals.

G.M.Wadoo


 

 

Earthquake October 2005 and Thereafter

An earthquake measuring 7.4 Ritcher Scale occurred on 8th of October 2005 which caused massive damages in districts of Baramulla and Kupwara as per given details :-
Severely affected villages:
(i) Distt. Baramulla = 95
(ii) Distt. Kupwara = 42
Human loss (civilian)=1216
Injured =28,938
Houses damages =83,616
Department quickly activated its resources and geared up the voluntarily service and right from day of earthquake disaster (8th October 2005) rescue relief and first aid teams were dispatched to the quake hit areas. A full-fledged Civil Defence base camp was installed at Uri on the morning of second day of disaster and next day rescue team was air dashed to Teetwal & Karnah where Civil Defence team was the first responder.

Sh.Navin Agarwal IGP Civil Defence J&K giving away cash relief to earthquake effected children of Uri, saved by Civil Defence J&K
Controller Civil Defence Baramulla & Uri, Shri Baseer Khan addressing during a Civil Defence function at Uri

The volunteers service that trucks of load consisting of garments, blankets medicines and foodstuff including milk packet were collected and distributed to the affected persons. Civil Defence ambulances transported injured persons to the hospitals and also provided voluntarily attendants with unattended kids till their parents were traced out. Human hands cannot avert a divine destruction as horrible so earthquake but we can at least minimize the damage by adopting preventive measures. Let us hope all goes well, but God forbid, if something goes wrong particularly in high risk Zone as discussed above, let us equip ourselves to meet that eventuality. As wise people say, hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.

A.H.Beigh


 

 

Civil Defence Samellan …

Civil Defence, organized preparation for the protection of civilian lives and property and of the means of economic production before, during, and immediately after large-scale emergencies. Civil Defence includes the organization and training of volunteers in the means of self-protection and in learning to reduce loss of life in emergencies. Effective warning systems, adequate shelters inside and outside the home, stockpiles of food and medicine, fire-fighting, carrying through necessary rescue operations (including the removal of wreckage), and rehabilitation are all aspects of civil defence. A civil defence organization that is part of a local branch of government is the most important unit for the training of civil defence volunteers in a community. Volunteers belonging to local and state civil defence groups are available for peacetime service in large-scale emergencies and national disasters, such as floods, droughts, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, and forest fires. In order to understand the problems of wardens and volunteers to keep their morale up, seminars, conferences and samellan was organized from time to time. Such a samellan was organized at DPL Jammu on 2nd May 2006 in which about 1000 civil defence wardens and volunteers participated. Sh.Navin Agarwal IGP Homeguards/Civil Defence & Auxiliary Police J&K who was the chief guest on the occasion while addressing he exhorted upon the civil defence is being seated up in big way to works in interest of the national for which the civil defence wardens have to keep themselves ready for any man made or natural disaters, if happens in future. He also distributed civil defence uniforms, jackets and commendation certificates along with cash rewards among the civil defence wardens. The need for national civil defence programme was dictated by the threat of modern aerial warfare waged against civilian populations. Before the outbreak of World War II, Britain, Germany, and Japan began to organize civilians to prepare for possible air raids, which included the construction of bomb shelters. At the height of the 1980s Cold War, civil defence in Britain was centered on plans to set up alternative regional and local government machinery in the event of nuclear attack, as well as an advanced early warning system.


A view of Civil Defence samellan at Jammu
Controller Civil Defence and SSP Jammu along with Chief warden and other wardens of Jammu

The main responsibility for peacetime civil defence in the United States lies with each state government. The United States had limited civil defence operations in effect on a national level during World War II. With the threat of nuclear and thermonuclear war, however, the federal government established the Civil Defence Administration. In 1979 the new Federal Emergency Management Agency, based in Washington, D.C., was set up to consolidate federal programme that respond to disasters and emergencies.

Jugal Mahajan


 

 

Defending the eco-system

Plants, the green gold are essential for the existence of life on this planet. The felling of trees by human being has caused an ecological disequilibrium resulting in appearance of difficulties for existence of the very human life. Civil Defence Jammu with the aim of saving life, launched a plantation drive to create an awareness among the general masses about the benefits of plants. The drive was launched from Janipura and other parts of the city where Sh.Shakeel Beigh SSP PCR Jammu planted a sapling to mark the inauguration of the drive.

Civil Defence wardens with SSP PCR during a plantation drive in Jammu city
Wardens & volunteers of Civil Defence planting saplings at Jammu

Similar drives were also launched in other divisions of Jammu where large number of wardens and volunteers also participated. Civil defence which is a mass movement of people of all age groups, roped in school children of Govt. Boys Higher Secondary School Gandhi Nagar and organized a plantation drive in the said school in cooperation with Sh.R.P.Gandotra Principal of the school, Sh.Jugal Mahajan was the chief guest on the occasion. Administration of the school expressed their gratitude to the Civil Defence organisation for launching the plantation drive in their school.

More and more areas are being covered by civil defence under afforestation to make environment of Jammu pollution free and also to educate the public about the benefits of plants. Civil Defence is spreading the message of save trees as they are friends of men.

Vinod Malhotra


 

 

In The Public Domain

Because of higher speed of communication, the general pace of activity quickened. It became necessary to take faster decisions, respond sooner and optimally use time to do an increasing amount of work. The net result of all this was that it became imperative to start working differently in office. The older styles of work were seen to be inadequate. There was a need for better way of communicating, faster means of calculating and more effective methods of storing and retrieving information. All these factors then impelled the office automation movement, and led to what is commonly called “Information Technology”.

Perhaps the most recent and important breakthrough of the information Technology Industry is – The Internet. The Internet has spread its tentacles to sectors, which are diverse and vast. It has single handedly changed the way nations think. The effects are significant and far reaching and the benefits being reaped are many. The most important change is you will have access to much more information would lead to more effective market place.

Civil defence J&K has developed a comprehensive online interface for its associate audience under the guidance and supervision of Sh.Navin Agarwal IGP Homeguards/Civil Defence & Aux. Police J&K which was inaugurated by Sh.Gopal Sharma DGP cum Commandant General Homeguards/Civil Defence on 3rd April 2006. This is an easy to use website for both internal and external audience. By hosting this website, civil defence, J&K has assisted its work, as such, to improve its functioning by increasing information access efficiency, generate a larger online audience, and make the process of information access more friendly for its audience. It is also serving as a channel of communication for specific audience of Civil Defence J&K.

Website specifics: The content of website are updated on regular basis, which depicts the various activities done by Homeguards/Civil Defence organisation. Information about do’s & don’ts during various disasters like fire, flood, earthquake etc. is also available besides the mission and vision. All important activities in the website have for easy access archive the include newsletter for the last over one year. Contact information of all important persons including the wardens and control rooms are also available online.

Activities of current month are consolidated monthly in the shape of monthly newsletters. While all activities are uploaded and available in the link of Current Event. Any one who wants to get enrolled himself or herself as civil defence volunteer can do it online or contact the Dy.Controller of his/her district. Moreover, queries can also be posed through this about anything relating to the organisation you can also log on to the website www.jkcivildefence.org

Mohd Majid Malik


 

 

Creating Durable Assets …

Auxiliary Police being a permanent establishment in Jammu having detachments in all districts of Jammu Province required durable assets i.e. concrete buildings for different uses. Keeping in view the above fact it has been the endeavour for the Aux. Police to create permanent assets and in this connection Aux. Police 2nd Bn. Jammu has constructed a number of buildings for different uses.

1. M.T.Yard in Bn. Hqrs.: M.T.Yard in the premises of Auxiliary Police 2nd Bn Jammu with MTO office, rest room for the drivers and MT Stores has been constructed. This compact structure has the capacity to park more than 30 vehicles of different types. In the adjacent MT workshop with basic required facilities have also been constructed.

2. Barrack at Rajouri: Besides the above, barrack with bathroom and other facilities has been constructed at Rajouri Detachment Centre on self help basis, which has proved useful for Auxiliary Police personnel posted at Rajouri.

3. Boundary wall at Detachment Kathua: The durable assets i.e building and land of Auxiliary Police also requires protection from encroachment and security point of view as well. Keeping these facts into consideration a concrete wall of the detachment Kathua has been constructed with iron gate and sentry post on self help basis as well.

T.Phunsog


 

 

Improving physical fitness…

This is a pre-requisite condition for a candidate proposed for selection in Police Department either in constabulary or in the officer’s cadre to be physically fit. Unless a candidate is not physically fit and mentally sound in all respects, he will not prove a successful officer in the long run in his service career. A candidate initially appointed in the Police department is liable to undergo basic training to achieve patience, command and control and is only possible if he is physically fit and mentally sound. While making arrangements for celebrations of Annual Raising Day of Homeguards/Civil Defence as per past precedence, worthy IGP HG/CD & Aux.Police J&K suggested to have a health centre of our own at Bn Hqrs. Health centre was constructed on war- footing basis and accordingly was inaugurated on the occasion of Annual Raising Day of Homeguards/Civil Defence by Sh.Navin Agarwal IGP HG/CD J&K. The health centre is opened for weight training and physical fitness for all officers of this organisation will definitely fullfil its objective.

T.R.Rana


 


High Power Committee for Revamping of Civil Defence

Civil Defence Organisation in India is primarily geared up to save lives, to minimize damages to properties, maintain continuity of production and keep up the high morale of public during any hostile attach. However, it has been increasingly realized that Civil Defence has a large role to play in case of Disaster Management, which has not been reflected, in its present chapter of duties. Therefore the group of Ministers recommended that civil Defence organisation has traditionally played a vital role in guarding the hinterland, supporting the Armed forces, mobilizing the citizens and in helping civil administration during disasters. Over the years, the preparedness of Civil Defence has suffered, therefore in depth review of the organization; effectiveness, identify its weakness and the new challenges it will be required to meet, in the contemporary scenario and evolve a concrete action plan to revamp it.

Sh.K.M.Singh, Member NDMA, Chairman HPC of Civil Defence & Sh.Navin Agarwal IGP Civil Defence J&K during Regional Conference of HPC
Sh.Gopal Sharma DGP J&K inaugurating the Regional Conference of High Power Committee at Police Headquarters Jammu

Therefore, the Govt. of India, Ministry of Home Affairs, New Delhi has set up a High Power Committee to recommend ways and means for revamping the Civil Defence organization, under the chairmanship of Sh. K. M. Singh. Sh. Navin Agarwal IGP Civil Defence J&K is also one of the members.

In order to understand the civil defence requirements Regional Conference were held at Guwahati, Mumbai, Banglore, Jammu, Delhi.

On 3.4.2006 a Regional Conference was hosted at Jammu also in which IGP Homeguards/Civil Defence J&K was designated coordinator. The representatives from Himachal Pardesh, Punjab and Chandigarh participated in the said conference. The following points were discussed in the Regional Conference:

  1. All the members suggested that there is need to amend the Civil Defence Act 1968, and there is a need to corporate the phrase “Disaster to broaden the scope of Civil Defence”.
  2. The participants suggested that the Civil Defence, Homeguards and Fire Services could be brought under umbrella of Civil Defence for operation purpose.
  3. The members suggested that there should be separate Battalions exclusively for handling Disaster on the pattern of National Disaster response force. .
  4. The Chairman during discussion emphasized the needs that the Ex-service man should be motivated as they are already well trained.
  5. It was suggested that there should be separate and fully equipped Central Training Institute in each State for Civil Defence disaster management.
  6. It was suggested that the training allowance and other allowance being paid to volunteers should be enhanced.

Besides above some other and administrative measures also came up for discussion and decision which details need not to mention in the present write up. However at national level the recommendations of High Power committee were finally consolidated and some of the recommendations are prescribed as under:

New role envisaged for Civil Defence : In addition to its traditional role, the Civil Defence is sought to be associated with the disaster management as well.

  1. Integration with local bodies: It was recommended that Civil Defence should do community capacity building and public awareness in close coordination with Panchayat Raj Institutions in rural areas and Urban local bodies in urban areas.
  2. Integration with UNDP-DRM :- The activities of Civil Defence may be utilized with the ongoing UNDP-DRM and disaster risk management.
  3. Pre-disaster: In pre-disaster the focus will be on awareness education and training.
  4. During disaster: - Tom reach as first responder through predestined role of skilled (QRTS) Quick Reaction Teams for evacuation of population from disaster to less vulnerable areas, launching of rescue operation, providing of first aid to injured, participation in distribution of relief material to effected people etc.

Gh.Sarwar Chouhan


 

 

Events of December 2006 ...

  • Disater Training course: - One day disaster preparedness trainings programme for Homeguards/Civil Defence volunteers was convened by the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir in SKICC on 14th December 2006. Among others 58 civil defence wardens/volunteers, under the command of Dy.Controller RCDCC participated in the day long programme. Knowledgeable lectures were delivered by representatives of IRCON Railways, a Chennai based NGO life-help, Col. Joneja(PRO-Defence), Aamir Ali(UNDP), Indian Red Cross, Global Green peace and IMPA. At the conclusion of the training participation certificates along with cash rewards each were distributed among the volunteers.
  • A police mini truck Regd.No.5140-06J while on its way to Gandoh met with an accident near Kahara resulting seriously injuries to six police personnel on 14th December 2006. On the receipt of information Chief warden Sh. Javaid Iqbal Azad alongwith the wardens of civil defence rushed to the spot for rescue operation. Civil Defence wardens helped the injured police personnel in shifting to district hospital Doda for treatment.
  • Valedictory parade at Central Training Institute Jammu :- A New batch of Homeguards volunteers who underwent 25 days Refresher Course at Central Training Institute of Homeguards and Civil Defence Jammu, passed out successfully on 21st December 2006. On the occasion Sh. S. M. Khatotra SSP Divisional Commandant Homeguards Jammu was the chief guest. He took salute and later on also distributed certificates and cash rewards among the Homeguard volunteers for their outstanding performance in various disciplines of training. Earlier Principal of CTI Jammu Sh. Mohd Majid Malik Dy.SP highlighted the various activities of CTI Jammu and the training programme to be started in near future. Sh. Khatotra, in his address stressed upon the importance of quality training and expressed happiness that during training, volunteer Homeguards exhibited great dedication, devotion and hardwork.
  • Ten days Civil Defence training programme held at Govt. College for women Gandhi Nagar Jammu w.e.f 14th to 23rd December 2006 in conjunction with NSS, in which large number of college students and staff participated. This was organized with an aim to introduce the guidelines of civil defence in educational institutions.

 

Due to paucity of space we are unable to publish the valuable contributions from the following senior functionaries of this organisation: -

1. Sh. S. M. Khatotra Divisional Commandant Homeguards Jammu
2. Sh. M. A. Dainposh, Commandant Aux. Police 1st Bn Srinagar
3. Sh. Mohd Taj Dy.SP Area Commander Homegauards Jammu.
4. Sh. P. D. Sharma, Dy.SP Aux. Police 2nd Bn. Jammu
5. Sh. K. K.Sharma Dy.SP Aux. Police 2nd Bn. Jammu
6. Sh. N. S. Jamwal Dy.SP Area Commander Homeguards Baramulla
7. Sh. Paramjit Kumar Dy. Chief warden Civil Defence Jammu
8. Sh. Jia Lal Sharma Divisional Warden Civil Defence Jammu

The Editorial Board thanks all contributors for their efforts.

 


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